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Monday, June 20, 2011

It'll tie THIS into shelter soonish- I swear/you'll see! Next Phase: The Blue Crab one-sheet plywood skiff/canoe/kayak

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We were down in Madison, CT this past weekend for a father's day gathering, and I decided to bring out "The Blue Crab" mini-boat (made from one sheet of plywood (plus one scrap stern piece)) to test it out. Well, she floats! As you can see, even my father, Glenn, joined in to test it out. Oh yeah, the boat has a plexiglass window in the floor as well- 'silicone-caulked it- and not one drop of water came through. Ideally, one would paddle with a double-ended kayak-style paddle, but we didn't have one on hand. A 12 volt tiny outboard motor, such as the ones Sevylor makes, would be ideal too. In time, in time...
   Ultimately (tomorrow) I plan on movin' to the last phase of this tiny little redneck d.i.y. boat, and adding a canvas style stretch canopy/roof (which won't admittedly be great on really windy days), and a fold-down seat, that when flipped (the boat), turns the whole shell into a tiny, rainstorm sleep-shelter of sorts- the floor window becoming the skylight. We're also filming all this for an edition of "Tiny Yellow House"- for Make Magazine- assuming the footage doesn't completely stink.

Neighborhood kids preparing to get a ride in "The Blue Crab"- a single sheet, flat-bottomed, plywood boat/canoe/skiff/kayak (who knows..) built by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen. 
All in all, as the plywood (latex coated- 4 coats) seems to work so well, and is so easy to work with, down the road I might consider building pontoons, for a "larger" micro-houseboat, a la "The Pimple" design, from my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks".
-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen